I was in Spain to present a program at the CCCB (Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona). Due to the total unreliability of a 'friend' of mine I was forced to find a free place to stay very much at the last minute - carrying a large amount of sound gear that I was barely strong enough to lift. Thanks to a friend, I got connected to a fellow anarchist named DJ Cutter who had a program on the long-surviving pirate station, Radio Bronka. DJ Cutter & I recorded the 4 sets that constitute the 1st 4 tracks here to be played at a later date. DJ Cutter was a life-saver! THANK YOU!
Track 5 is a version of a piece I call "30 4 5 + 97.9" - a John Cage inspired piece. Rather than provide my extremely detailed notes for that here, I'll just say that I hope to have an article published about this piece someday.
Finally, during this time, Steve Kurtz of the Critical Arts Ensemble was being persecuted by the police state in what was probably an opportunistic attempt to suppress the CAE's investigation of issues of biological warfare. Two students from Brooklyn College in NYC, Madeleine Gallagher (& Skylar Vale? - I can't understand her name in the full recording of the show that I have), called me to discuss this case & Neoism. The program was, thank goodness, methodically researched, with sections on the Situationists, Lettrism, & Kurtz's case. Somewhat unfortunately, since I was participating by phone, I didn't know what had gone before my interview so I was unable to address some things that I probably would've wanted to comment on. Frankly, I sound terrible - as if I'd just woken up or was severely depressed. I end by saying "compassion fatigue" - a term signifying a type of burnout when a person has spent too much time addressing the problems of others. I don't think I'm REALLY such a caring person but, if I am, that might explain why I sound so bad. Also unfortunately, the recording I have of this program is somewhat distorted so I've only excerpted my portion of it even though the program as a whole is certainly worth a listen! I should note, however, that even though Madeleine & her collaborator did their homework, they were reliant on internet sources re neoism, probably Wikipedia, that're calculatedly misleading & often made by people of dubious motives.
- December 5, 2012E.V. notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE